My Journey to Pastels

My art studio


can come from many places. For me it has been a long journey to be “inspired” and to find something that truly spoke to my soul. I have been searching for awhile and tried many different things: jobs, volunteering, writing. Each time I would venture into something new I was sure that this was the thing I had been searching for. But after a period of time, some shorter than others, I would find myself bored or looking for something new. And then this past fall, things began to happen in a slow stream of synchronicity. The strong coincidences happened subtly at first and then, everything just clicked into place.

From what I can recall, I read an article about thinking back when you were 10 and what you liked to do. Embrace your inner child it instructed. Remember what made you happy. For me it was art, especially pastels. So I searched for a pastel class which was difficult to find. Luckily I found one that was held in the morning on a Thursday right in my town. Step one. The class was awesome but I would have to invest in materials that most likely would end up in a box somewhere, unused, which is the way of most of my attempts at finding that “certain something”. But I took the leap, and bought the pastels, paper, and other assorted art supplies. And I kept going, faithfully, every Thursday…and signed up for the next session again…and again. In time, I found myself totally immersed in art and pastels. Hours would go by and I would still be working on a piece I had started earlier in the day…it was mesmerizing.

So here I am, six months later, painting on a daily basis and for the first time in a long while, totally enjoying every moment. Of course there are frustrations and a piece may not turn out as well as I wanted, but the end result is usually something of which I am proud. After finishing several pieces and hanging them on my walls of my art studio (yes I have designated a spot just for my art), I can honestly say I am now truly inspired. It took me on other paths as well, spiritual and thought-provoking, but that’s for another day, another blog post! All I can tell you is, if you too are looking to find inspiration, look inside yourself and don’t ignore the little whispers telling you to try something new, or to try something again, even if it’s from a very long time ago.